Frozen: Movie Review
"Frozen" is a come back to Disney's renaissance that we have long sought for - movies that combined fairy tale stories with song, dance, visuals and wit - and honestly, it is able to . We are talking about films from two decades ago that have left unforgettable and indelible marks in its young audiences. Put simply, "Frozen" is Disney Animation's best feature in years and one we can easily consider a classic that will be watched and talked for years to come.
A prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter when Elsa (Idina Menzel), the newly crowned Queen of Arendelle, panics and unleashes her long kept secret of having the ability to create snow and ice. As Arendelle is frozen stiff, Anna (Kristen Bell), her younger sister, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, an amazing and comedic snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad), Everest-like conditions and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from complete icy destruction.
Our first assumption for "Frozen" was that it was going to be bad. The trailer, to be crude and quite frank, was a disappointing mess. On hindsight though, it was pretty stupid of us to think that. The final product is leagues away from what the trailer presented and in fact, and this is no hype, "Frozen" is Disney Animation's best attempt in years. The film will feel nostalgic for those of us who grew in the late Eighties to Nineties as "Frozen" follows the same formula from films of those ilk - films considered to be classics then and more so now. What's more amazing for us is how Disney Animation is able to mix old and new seamlessly and effortlessly and proves that 3D animation can compete with the hand-drawn 2D animation of past.
In detail, "Frozen" features an amazing soundtrack with beats that are easy to get to and even some that have a contemporary feel to them. The visuals are also a match to the audio. Crisp and stunning, our favorite is the Ice Castle that the character Elsa eventually makes as the Snow Queen. The script and story was full of wit and humor. And although we felt that the story was a tad predictable on its most basic elements, it had its own surprises too including the eventual climactic end scene. Finally and most importantly, "Frozen" contains lovable and memorable characters that have their own unique traits that you will love. "Frozen" is an instant Disney classic and hopefully, this is just a start to a return to their great renaissance past.
Rating: 5 reels
Why you should watch it:
- this is an instant Disney classic and their best in years
- amazing visuals with a much more amazing soundtrack
- lovable and memorable characters that kids will be talking about in years to come
Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the story was a tad predictable
Labels 3D, animated, comedy, Disney, fantasy, Frozen, Hans Christian Andersen, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Kristen Bell, movie review, musical, Santino Fontana, The Snow Queen